For those who haven’t heard, last weekend saw The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California host an event called The Little Mermaid Live. The event rounded up some impressive singing talent from film and television along with a 71-piece orchestra to perform the Alan Menken‘s iconic music from Disney’s animated classic. Thankfully, since nearly everyone has a camera in their pocket now, we get to see some of the highlights from the show.
Renditions of The Little Mermaid songs from the show featured pop singer Sara Bareilles as Ariel, Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) as Ursula, Darren Criss (Glee) as Prince Eric, Titus Burgess (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) as Sebastian, and John Stamos as the frighteningly enthusiastic chef Louie. Plus, there was a special guest that fans of the original movie absolutely went crazy for. Find out who it was, and watch some of The Little Mermaid Live videos after the jump. Read More »
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In news that will only surprise people who have been living under the sea for the past six years or so, Disney is reportedly mulling over the possibility of making a live action take on The Little Mermaid. This news comes hot on the heels of the teaser trailer for their live action take on Beauty and the Beast breaking one-day viewing records, which comes hot of the heels of every other live action adaptation of one of their animated classics making all of the money in the world. This was going to happen. This is one of the areas where the studio’s accountants and creative-types will actually be able to find common ground.
However, they’ll need to work fast, because Universal already has their own live action take on Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale in the works.
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In addition to the LEGO minifgures that come with the various building block playsets, the toy company has also been selling individual minifigures. However, rather than being able to choose which minifigures you want to buy, you have to take your chances by buying them blind and hope you get one you don’t have yet. Or you can be the person who stands in the aisle and tries to feel the little plastic packages to determine if you’re getting the figure you want.
Anyway, if you’re a Disney fan, you’re probably going to be interested in the latest series of minifigures that will give some of Disney’s most famous animated characters the building block treatment. There’s a series of 18 new LEGO Disney minifigures featuring characters from The Incredibles, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and more. Read More »
This weekend sees the release of Zootopia, which takes place in a fanatical metropolis where animals of all kind live side-by-side. And talk. And wear clothes. And go to jobs. Yes, this is Walt Disney Animation really doubling down on their legacy as purveyors of anthropomorphized animal entertainment – they’ve been ruling this particular corner of entertainment for eighty-something years now.
And that’s why we’re ranking the top 10 greatest talking animals in all of Disney Animation. Maybe a few characters from Zootopia will be eligible for a revised list in a few years – we have to see how well time treats them.
A few notes before we begin. First: this list focuses on characters who appeared predominately in theatrical releases, meaning that some old stalwarts were deliberately left out. Otherwise, Mickey Mouse would have to be number one based on his prominence alone. Second: in order to be eligible for the list, an animal has to speak in a way that is intelligible to the audience, even if it’s not intelligible to the humans onscreen. Finally: this list is entirely accurate in every way and your arguments about who got left off are completely incorrect. Sorry.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
Six months after Sofia Coppola walked away from Universal’s live-action retelling of The Little Mermaid, a new director has climbed aboard. Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children) will be taking over at the helm of the fairy tale, which already has Chloë Grace Moretz set to star. More details on the new Little Mermaid director after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Hollywood is high on live-action fairy tales at the moment, but even so some of these projects have found much better luck than others. Disney’s Cinderella was a big hit at the start of the year, but Joe Wright’s Pan was a big fat flop for Warner Bros. this summer. Some of these movies run into trouble before they even get off the ground — like Universal’s The Little Mermaid, which lost director Sofia Coppola earlier this year.
Coppola does have a new project out, though, Netflix’s A Very Murray Christmas, and while making the rounds to promote it she touched upon the movie she never got to make. After the jump, Coppola explains why she dropped out of The Little Mermaid. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, November 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
Disney may have found the most success with live-action fairy tales so far, but it’s certainly not the only studio that’s trying. Universal and Working Title are moving forward on a new adaptation of The Little Mermaid that formerly had Sofia Coppola attached. Chloë Grace Moretz has been set to star, while Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) will write the script. Read More »
Disney is moving ahead full speed on a slate of adaptations of classic fairy tale and animated film stories, but not everyone else is having quite the same run of luck. Universal and Working Title are putting together a live-action telling of Hans Christian Anderson‘s fairy tale The Little Mermaid, with Sofia Coppola set to direct as of this past March. But now that old spectre “creative differences” has reared its ugly head, and Coppola has exited the film. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works.
As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a Tinker Bell spinoff movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Which got us thinking — what other Disney supporting characters deserve a chance to step into the spotlight? Below are 10 Disney live-action spinoffs we’d love to see. Read More »